Malachi Wilcher rocked a long ball into deep centerfield and wasn’t going to stop running until T&M Farms was the MYBS boys 7-8 champion.
Wilcher’s two-run, inside-the-park home run capped a 20-9 win for T&M Farms in the championship game over Hot Wheels. It also completed an unbeaten run through the season and tournament for the top squad.
Wilcher and Jacob Graves each finished with four hits apiece in the championship, one T&M Farms took control of for good in the third inning. Hot Wheels, the season and tournament runner-up, led 6-5 going into the bottom of the third, but T&M Farms exploded with seven runs to seize control.
It was a carousel of RBI singles for the home squad, which was sparked by a lead-off single by Wilcher. AJ Whitman followed with a double and the hitting never slowed down.
Graves, Kiptyn Davis, Mikhail Wilcher, Aaron Cannon and Dylan Casey all had RBI singles in the frame, while Carter Holt and Tucker Gann were both tagged out at home trying to complete inside-the-park home runs.
Easton Pelham and Jaxton Smith, who both finished 3-for-3 for Hot Wheels, came back with RBI singles in the fourth, while Lawson Denning blasted an RBI double to cut the deficit to 12-9.
Holt helped push the lead back to six with an RBI double in the bottom of the inning, setting up Wilcher’s late-game heroics.
Braylson Burch and Ethan Benkarski also had hits for T&M Farms in the victory.
Ryder Hobbs, Kingston Judkins, Drew Wrisner, Cayson Starkey, Bentley Bates, Andrew Alamilla and Breelee Bates all had hits in the loss.
Check the Southern Standard website for more images from the game and other boys 7-8 tournament results.
Turner's Marine 16
A-Plus Fasteners 6
TM hitting - Ethan Williams 4H, Nicholas Castenada 4H, Declan McAbee 3H, Zeke Laxson 3H, Ethan Cox 3H, Waylon Duggin 2H, inside-the-park HR, Jacob Hyles 2H
AP hitting - Aiden 2H, Brandt 2H, Hayden J. H, Urijah H, Cameron H, Michael Ray H, Tase H
Hot Wheels 17
Citizens Bank 6
HW hitting - Easton Pelham 3H, Jaxton Smith 3H, Lawson Denning 3H, Ryder Hobbs 3H, Kingston Judkins 2H, Drew Wrisner 2H, Breelee Bates 2H, Caysen Starkey H, Bentley Bates H
CB hitting - Ledger Gipson 2H, Adam Oleksik 2H, Hunter Holt 2H, Graham Cantrell H, Parker Jones H
T&M Farms 9
Turner's Marine 0
Rain delay ended in forfeit